DC’s 1st Ever Kids’ Restaurant Week

kidsrestweekNext week, Saturday, June 13 thru Sunday, June 21 local DC Area restaurants will participate in DC’s first ever Kids’ Restaurant Week – joining Cookie + Gourmet Magzine’s new promotion that will allow families to enjoy dining out in some of DC’s best restaurants and enjoying a delicious three-course meal at a discounted price. At participating restaurants, kids ages 11 and under pay their age for prix-fixe menus; grown-ups pay $29. The deal will be offered from 5-7 p.m. each night.

Not only is this a fun family event, it is for a great cause. A portion of the proceeds from the Kid’s Restaurant Week menu will go to restoring the historic Eastern Market on Capitol Hill and to Miriam’s Kitchen, which provides free, high quality meals and support services to more than 4,000 homeless men and women in Washington each year.

See below for the list of participating restaurants and a description of their menu offerings for kids and adults. Click on the link to view the full menu.

Participating Restaurants include:

  • Art and Soul
    • Some of Art and Soul’s special child-friendly dishes include PB&J Hoecakes and Turkey Burgers with Compressed_Art & SoulPeas and Carrots (for ages 11 and under) and Asparagus Soup and Pecan Crusted Chicken for ages 12 and up, priced at $29.
    •  Chef de Cuisine Travis Timberlake will also participate in the kick-off event at the Eastern Markert, June 13 at 11 a.m. – where he will prepare two dishes from his kids restaurant week menu for a live audience.
    • Also check out their Baby Food classes! The Toddler food edition will be held June 20, 2009. Chef Travis Timberlake will explain the benefits of preparing homemade food for toddlers and will present ways to make mealtime more exciting for children in their terrible twos, including how to make nutritious foods into fun shapes like dinosaurs.  $35 per parent.
  • Asia Nine Bar and Lounge
    • Asia Nine offers traditional Kids’ favorites such as chicken fingers, french fries, fried rice or spaghetti. Adults may enjoy Coconut Lime Shrimp, grilled pork chop, Korean Sizzling Beef, or fresh garden rolls. 
  • Beacon Bar and Grill
    • This Dupont Circle neighborhood restaurant is modern and has a great atmosphere. Let the kids enjoy the high life at Beacon Grill. For this special week, the children’s menu includes 1st Course choices such as, Tomato & Noodle Soup with wagon wheel pasta, Chicken Salad with chicken nuggets and buttermilk dressing or “Tots & Dogs”, fried mash potato balls and mini dogs wrapped in puff pastry. Kids will love the traditional favorites next including Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Chicken Pot Other desserts are Fruit Smoothie and Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Belga Cafe
    • Belga Cafe for kids week offers alphabet tomato soup to start with Mac and cheese gratinée with country ham as the main course, or Belgian fries with chicken tenderloins and apple sauce. For dessert kids will love the waffle with chocolate and ice cream. Parents can enjoy Belgium favorites, Mussel Pot “Garlic Butter” with cream, celery butter and lots of garlic, fries and mayonaise or Grilled chicken with Belgian Fries and tomato salad.
  • Cafe Du Parc
    • The regular children’s menu offered at this classic French Bistro includes Pasta with butter and parmesan cheese, a grilled Gruyere sandwiche, and ground beef steak. Their special Kids’ RW menu includes appetizers Tarte flambée Alsacienne, a thin bread  topped with smoked bacon,onions and fromage blanc or salad du parc with Boston lettuce, mâche, gruyère, hard boiled egg, avocado, red onions, croutons and bacon slivers. Les Entrees sont Le Croque-monsieur, Grilled ham and cheese sandwich with French fries or Le Poisson du jour, Fish of the day with vegetables. For dessert, Puff pastry filled with vanilla ice cream, served with a warm chocolate sauce.
  • Dino
    • Dean Gold, Chef and Owner insists that kids eat healtily at his place. Oh no, kids will not be served frozen, Dino Meatballspremade chicken fingers. The Kids’ Restaurant Week menu includes a grilled organic cheese sandwich, polenta, and house made pasta with Kid friendly toppings, such as meatballs. Carmal Sundaes for dessert! Parents are offered their  regular “Restaurant Week Every Week” menu {three courses chosen from our full menu} for $29!
    • June 14 Dino is also offering a Kids’ Cooking class – kids will get to cut their own shapes of pasta and make their own lunch!  The class will run from 1 to 3pm and the adult chaperone will get a free glass of wine! Tickets for kids (ages 5 to 11) are $25, parents are free.
  • Finn & Porter – Washington D.C.
  • Firefly – DC
    • This urban neighborhood already offers an excellent kids menu. On the menu is a cheeseburger “bigger than your head”, mac n’cheese, BLT sandwich with veggie sticks. Special for kids’ restaurant week – guests can decorate their own cookie following their meal. (Cute!)
  • Juniper at the Fairmont Washington DC
    • Juniper’s menu reflects their belief that Sitting down to dinner, at any age, should be an invitation to the fabulous banquet that is life. Their prix fixe menu includes several courses and an intermezzo, which is used to cleanse the palate. 1st Course, the Soup of the Day is served with locally sourced ingredients with herbs from our courtyard. Second course, the Courtyard Summer Salad includes Arugula, Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Mint. Main courses offered are Oven Roasted Chicken with Warm Horseradish Potato Salad, Natural Pan Jus or “Pop Tart: with Pennsylvania Mushrooms, Brie and Seasonal Asparagus  in a Light Pastry Case. Juniper’s Dessert Sampler includes Lime Cheesecake Lollipop, Chocolate Pudding,
      Peach and Blackberry Cobbler.
  • Lafayette Restaurant
  • M Street Bar & Grill
  • Mie N Yu
    • Take the kids on a journey across the world to experience international flavors, cooking styles and ingredients of Silk Road cuisine. Mie N Yu’s festive menu includes crispy calamari, tandoori chicken skewers with mint yogurt, duck tacos, an organic beef burger, and shrimp and mushroom fried rice. For the adults, enjoy Bombay peanut salad and chili infused crab cakes.
  • Palette
    • Despite the sophisticated setting for kids – located within the Madison Loews Hotel, Chef Arnel Esposo has created a special Filipino treat for kids – “halo, halo” which translates to “mix, mix” kids which kids get to ‘play with their food at the table’.  This special treat is like a snow cone and kids will have the opportunity to mix in the ingredients they want included, like fruit or cookies, or candy. Sounds like fun and parents don’t get to scold their kids for playing with their food.
  • Taberna del Alabardero
    • Kids can sample the world-class cuisine of Spain in old world ambiance. This Washingtonian Best Restaurant offers kids a the best in Spanish fare on their menu inlcuding, Quesos Españoles  con Manzana (Spanish Cheese and Golden Apple Slices), Pollo a la Parrila con Pure de Patata (Grilled Chicken with Mashed Potatoes) and for dessert, El Helado Payaso (the Clown Ice-Cream). Adults are offered choices of Grilled flank steak, or Grilled monkfish as entrees. 
  • Wasabi
  • Zola
    • Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello has created a special menu for the kiddies including, Alphabet Soup with chicken clear broth, roast chicken and vegetables; “Fried Rice” with creamy sausage risotto rolled in bread crumbs with tarragon dip; Hand Cut Semolina Noodles with Three Meat Bolognese veal, pork, braised short ribs and tomatoes, ricotta cheese, parsley oil; Valentine Farms Beef served with cheesy potato tots, Brussels sprout leaves, tomatoes, roast garlic,as well asFour Cheese Fusilli house-made fusilli pasta with a provolone, mozzarella, fontina and American cheese sauce. For dessert, Pastry Chef Christopher Kujala has created mouthwatering treats includingGlazed Chocolate Mousse with pears, hazelnut crunch, passion fruit sauce for the adults, and an Ice Cream Sandwich made with chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream, and fudge sauce for the kids.

Stay tuned for my dining reviews with my son, Alexander who is 5 years old and is happy to finally go to a restaurant with Mama! 🙂 We are already booked at Zola and will most likely check out Dino’s cooking class!

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